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Gay Foes May Reinstate Ford Boycott

by 365Gay.com Newscenter Staff

Posted: December 15, 2005 5:00 pm ET

(Washington) The American Family Association said Thursday it is considering reinstating its boycott against Ford Motor Co. following the company's decision to continue advertising in gay publications.

Ford announced last week that it would end all advertising in the LGBT media following a meeting between company executives and the AFA over a threatened boycott. The AFA left the meeting declaring victory over "homosexual activists". (story)

The decision was immediately condemned by gay rights groups. Nineteen LGBT groups, including the Human Rights Campaign, GLAAD and the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force demanded a meeting with Ford and an explanation. Both sides met in Washington on Monday. (story)

Wednesday afternoon the giant automaker announced it would not end its advertising and would also increase it. (story)

"It is my hope that this will remove any ambiguity about Ford's desire to advertise to all important audiences and put this particular issue behind us," said Ford V.P. Joe W. Laymon in a statement.

Without specifically mentioning the AFA by name, the company statement reaffirmed its commitment to its progressive workplace policies.

The groups that met with Ford said they were satisfied with the response.

But, the American Family Association, which has a long history of fighting LGBT civil rights on Thursday accused Ford of reneging on an agreement it had with the company.

The AFA said it is considering its next move.

“We had an agreement with Ford, worked out in good faith. Unfortunately, some Ford Motor Company officials made the decision to violate the good faith agreement. We are now considering our response to the violation and expect to reach a decision very soon,” said AFA chair Donald E. Wildmon in a statement.

Wildmon said AFA and Ford officials hammered out an agreement in the interim that was accepted by both parties.

“All we wanted was for Ford to refrain from choosing sides in the cultural war, and supporting groups which promote same-sex marriage is not remaining neutral,” Wildmon's statement said.

He stated that because Ford broke the agreement, the option of a boycott is now very much alive.

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